Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Great Pumpkin

I hear Mark come in the front door, and I go out into the living room to see what he has brought home today. It's frightening. On the dining room table is a large pumpkin. Behind it is Mark with a big smile on his face. So what's so scary about that? I'm pretty sure that I just threw last years pumpkin in the garbage, that's what's so scary.
"What is that for?" I ask.
"Halloween, it's Halloween."
"Are you sure? Wasn't it Halloween just a few months ago?"
Each year Mark brings home a pumpkin that he swears he is going to carve into a jack-o-lantern, but never does. What actually happens is that the whole pumpkin will sit on the dining room table through Halloween, through Thanksgiving, and on into December as a table decoration. Sometime around Groundhog's Day I'll mention to Mark that there is quite a gamey odor in the house.
"Do you think it could be that orange and greenish blue mound of goo on the dining room table?" I ask.
"You mean my pumpkin?"
"Is that what that is?"
"Can I throw it away?"
"Hmmm..." Mark ponders the idea, "Okay, I guess that would be alright."


  1. It's a beautiful pumpkin....why not put it out on the front porch and let the critters "carve" it?? That's what I do..get to watch the squirrels make a design!

  2. Outside, in the eighty plus degree heat? Up there in the arctic you can put things outside. The cold keeps it fresh.

  3. How about just draw the face with a magic marker. It he carves it, it will be gamey before Halloween.

  4. Recipe for Pumpkin Martini:
    1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
    2 oz vanilla vodka
    1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
    1 tsp whipped cream
    cinnamon stick for garnish

  5. Open it up and take the seeds out. Dry them on a towel and place them on a flat pan. Sprinkle with oil and seasonings and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. yum pumpkin seeds!

  6. I've tried pumpkin seeds. It's like eating salted wood splinters. Yuck!